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Key influences in the growth of African tourism

Tourism development is viewed as a key pillar for African development and a major reflection of economic activities that directly or indirectly stimulate its growth. Global tourism has continued to grow prodigiously to 1.133 billion arrivals in 2014 according to ADB's Africa Tourism Monitor 2015, a 4.3% increase over 2013 and further indicates that Africa saw 65.3 million arrivals, representing 5.8% of total international arrivals in 2014. With $ 43.6 billion in receipts, Africa holds 3.5% of this market share.

By Josephine Wawira 8 minutes ago

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ExpoRSA curating valuable learning experiences

ExpoRSA recently brought the American Museum of Natural History's award-winning travelling exhibition, The Power of Poison, to Cape Town for the first time. When ExpoRSA presents an exhibition, it always has a focus on education and usually comes with additional educational material and benefits for teachers. After attending the exhibition, we wanted to know more about ExpoRSA and the exhibitions they bring to our country from Nick Dreyer, director of ExpoRSA.

By Cari Van Wyk 18 minutes ago

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Kruger goes Disney

The growth of the black middle class has prompted SANParks to build luxury hotels in Kruger National Park. The latest is a luxury lodge near Malelane, to be operated by the Radisson Blu hotel group.

23 minutes ago

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Tourism body says Mbalula's sports ban will hurt sector

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula's ban on four federations from bidding for international events could have a devastating effect on inbound tourism, an industry body has warned.

By Fifi Peters 3 days ago

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No plane sailing for St Helena

Potential buyers of the RMS St Helena might have to wait to set sail aboard the vessel. The mail ship, which has plied its trade between Cape Town and the remote Atlantic island of St Helena since it was built in 1990, is being replaced by an air service. But it was announced yesterday that the airport's opening has been delayed indefinitely after test flights revealed dangerous wind conditions.

3 days ago

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Radical innovation necessary to revive tourism in the Bay

The drop in the number of holidaymakers over the summer holiday season in the Bay and the consistent decline in market share in the Eastern Cape over the last decade indicate that a new inclusive strategy is urgently needed to build both domestic and international numbers to destinations throughout the Eastern Cape. Downward momentum is a difficult trend to reverse and we need to maximise the potential of all areas of our tourism offering.

By Glenn van Eck 3 days ago

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Here's the thing about travel insurance

Most of us love travelling and experiencing new adventures. Yet, while we get all excited about our next trip, there is often one important aspect that we always seem to leave out of our itinerary - travel insurance. While we insure almost everything else like our cars and life, few people know about travel insurance. Jovago highlighted some facts about travel insurance that you may not know but are essential.

3 days ago

Travelling dry and light without sacrificing comfort
Travelling dry and light without sacrificing comfort

In one of my few he-man travel experiences, kayaking in Madagascar, I needed a range of super portable toiletry items like sheets of biodegradable shaving cream and found these in the Sea to Summit Range. I didn't expect to also find Mesh Garment Bags to keep my luggage organised.

By Brian Berkman 28 Apr 2016

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It's not too late to enter for the Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2016

Powered by Discount Traveler, the Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2016 serves as a platform to showcase and honour those in the hospitality industry with a total of nine categories that establishments can enter into. These include hotels, game lodges, guesthouses and bed & breakfasts, to name a few.

28 Apr 2016

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Development of full-service lodge in Kruger National Park approved

The Department of Environmental Affairs approved of the proposed 240-bed Malelane Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park (KNP) and South African National Parks (SANParks) has welcomed this approval. According to KNP managing executive Glenn Phillips, this approval comes after a comprehensive and detailed independent environmental scrutiny. "We are happy with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report and we are satisfied with the process which was followed from the beginning of the study to the end thereof."

28 Apr 2016

#CommerceMonth: online bookings scaled to grow
#CommerceMonth: online bookings scaled to grow

Changes in customer behaviour coupled with a growing trust in online services have bolstered the growth of e-commerce. Travellers are more likely to book a holiday, flights or accommodation online than make their way to their closest brick and mortar travel agent, providing an ideal environment for online booking companies to thrive. We spoke to Tom Williams, COO of online booking site SafariNow, to find out how e-commerce has changed the way business works.

By Cari Van Wyk 28 Apr 2016

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KLEBA to improve business and tourism in Kruger Lowveld region

The Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism (KLCBT) joined forces with various regional chambers in the Kruger Lowveld region to launch the Kruger Lowveld Ehlanzeni Business Alliance (KLEBA). Alliance members include the KLCBT, NAFCOC, FABCOS, AHI and all of the business chambers within the Ehlanzeni District (Lydenburg-Mashishing, Bushbuckridge, Pilgrim's Rest, Graskop, Sabie, Hazyview, Malalane and Barberton), as well as the broader Kruger National Park.

26 Apr 2016

Linthwaite House
Leeu Collection expands internationally with Linthwaite House

Leeu Collection has acquired the acclaimed Lake District hotel, Linthwaite House in the United Kingdom, their first property outside of South Africa.

26 Apr 2016